Thursday, January 5, 2023

8 NPA leaders heed calls to surrender, point arms caches as demoralization among CPP-NPA ranks intensifies

NSFA, Panacan, Davao City - Following the calls of the Eastern Mindanao Command (EastMinCom), headed by LtGen. Greg T. Almerol, to the remnants of the Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) to yield at the start of 2023, eight high-ranking CTG members responded as they surrendered to the Joint Task Force Diamond troops on January 3.

They were identified as Noel "Wawang" K. Sinanday, Squad Leader; Rady "Task" S. Kinoyog, Political Instructor; Jertolui "Loloy" Y. Hilario, Political Guide; Jilmar "Ads" B. Dahinlay, Squad 1 Team Leader; Nickboy "Wander" D. Sinanday, Squad 3 Team Leader; Roselyn "RR" B. Omandam, Platoon Medic; Maricel "Saysay" H. Colawing, Squad 1 Medic; and Jenelyn "Jesel" S. Palta, Squad 3 Medic.

The said personalities, who all belong to the Platun IPAD, Sub-Regional Committee 5 (SRC5), North Central Mindanao Regional Committee (NCMRC), yielded through the efforts of the 1st Special Forces Battalion, under the 403rd Infantry Brigade, 4th Infantry Division (1SFBn, 403Bde, 4ID) at Brgy. Kibangay, Lantapan, and Brgy. Madaya, Pangantucan both of Bukidnon.

Following an initial interview, the former rebels also pointed out the location of three arms caches at Brgy. Tikalaan and Brgy. Miarayon in Talakag, Bukidnon, resulting in the capture of three AK47 rifles, three M16A1 rifles, an M14 rifle, an Improvised Explosive Device (IED), several magazines, various ammunition, and assorted medical supplies on January 4.

Meanwhile, LtGen. Almerol said the death of Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) Founder and Head Jose Maria Sison last year has increased the demoralization among the CTG ranks, which convinced the eight personalities to yield.

He also lauded the troops of 4ID’s 403Bde and 1SFBn for their recent accomplishment, which he expects to diminish further the presence of the communist terrorists in Bukidnon.

"The loss of their highest leader has critically affected the morale of the CTG. Without Sison's direction and leadership, the CPP-NPA will suffer. That is why their remnants are yielding, even as 2023 has just started because they know the disaster the CTG is heading," he expressed.

"With this situation, we expect more of their comrades to surface and lay down their arms. Thus, we are reiterating our call for them to surrender without hesitation as the freedom and benefits of the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) are waiting upon their return," the EastMinCom Commander added.#

Source: Public Information Office, Eastern Mindanao Command, AFP

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